Lola Montès (1955)

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The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men.


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(based on the novel by: "La vie extraordinaire de Lola Montès") (as Cécil Saint Laurent) , (scenario) (as Max Ophuls) , 5 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Circus Master
Anton Walbrook ...
Horseman Maurice
Lise Delamare ...
Mrs. Craigie, Lola's mother
Josephine, The maid
Jean Galland ...
Private Secretary
Will Quadflieg ...
Héléna Manson ...
Lieutenant James' Sister (as Helena Manson)
Germaine Delbat ...
Carl Esmond ...
Doctor (as Willy Eichberger)
Jacques Fayet ...
Friedrich Domin ...
Circus Manager
Werner Finck ...
Wisböck, The artist


The film tells the tragic story of Lola Montès, a great adventurer who becomes the main attraction of a circus after being the lover of various important European men. Written by Volker Boehm

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She lived too intensely and far too well! See more »


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Release Date:

23 December 1955 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Lola Montès  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$12,569 (USA) (10 October 2008)


$107,264 (USA) (20 February 2009)

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Restored version)| (Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ophuls surrounded Carol with a solid cast, headed by Anton Walbrook as Ludwig I, Oskar Werner as a student revolutionary and Peter Ustinov as the Ring Master. He shot the film in Germany, Austria and France in three different versions - French, German and English (Ustinov wrote the English-language dialogue). Then he worked with three different editors, each in his own room, on the three different versions. See more »


When the Circus Master first tries to recruit Lola, he lists San Francisco as an important North American city, and includes Buffalo Bill in a list of major circus figures. This scene is set shortly before Montez left for Bavaria, so it must be late 1845 or early 1846. San Francisco was called Yerba Buena until 1847, and the name Buffalo Bill was first applied in the 1860s to William F. Cody, who was born in 1846. See more »


Referenced in Moulin Rouge! (2001) See more »

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The Most Scandalous Woman of the Nineteenth Century
9 January 2011 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In the Nineteenth Century, the Irish born dancer Lola Montès (Martine Carol) was the lover of many famous men, including Franz Liszt and the King Ludwig I of Bavaria, who made her Countess of Landsfeld. With a revolutionary movement, she flees from Munich and travels to the United States of America. She is hired by the Circus Master (Peter Ustinov) that tells her scandalous love affairs in every show and she becomes the lead attraction of the circus.

"Lola Montès" is not my favorite Max Ophüls film, but it is certainly his best work of cinematography, costumes and art decoration. The restored DVD highlights these aspects and it recalls Luchino Visconti style. However, the narrative of the life of the most scandalous European woman of the Nineteenth Century is tiresome in many moments. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Lola Montèz"

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